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Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Sell Kosher-Certified Products

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Medical marijuana will soon join the list of kosher-certified products in the Southern Tier.

On Wednesday, Vireo Health of New York, the company of a medical marijuana dispensary coming to Johnson City, says its products have been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

"Today's announcement sends an important message to New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds that using medical cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering does not in any way represent an embrace of pot culture. Patients should never feel guilty or ashamed for using a product recommended by their physicians,” said Vireo CEO Ari Hoffnung.

The certification comes after inspection and verification of the company’s cannabis facilities located in Fulton, NY.

“We are pleased to grant kosher certification to Vireo Health of New York’s medical cannabis products which were developed to alleviate pain and suffering in accordance with the New York State Compassionate Care Act,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack, Chief Executive Officer of OU Kosher.

The kosher stamp “OU" will be put onto the company’s oils, capsules and vaporization cartridges.

Hoffnung says the Johnson City dispensary is expected to open sometime in January.